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Why are they only picking a few sports it seems yet again minority sports are ignored. I go fishing don't see the BBC mention this.
Not sure how accurate these stats can be. I swim and cycle at least 4 times a week but I have never been polled to canvas my views. Nor has anyone I know.
A fair few people site costs as a reason for falling attendances, however i'd say "when we waz kids" all we did in the holidays was play football,cricket or even rugby & all for free on the masses of green land we had available OR even on the local school fields which were FREE, in the summer they also used to open up the tennis courts also for FREE! Unfortunately fitness is now a fad which = cost
There is a huge time and cost constraint with sport which in today's stalling economy either people just can't afford or don't have the time for sport. With redundancies then many are doing more work and being just grateful to have a job. Something's got to give through fatigue or lack of finance and sadly it's recreational sport.
"We remain committed to delivering a lasting sports participation legacy from London 2012"I'd say it would help having a dedicated athletics stadium, but it's not worth it as no doubt a few years down the line, it will be transformed into yet ANOTHER football ground.
Interesting little graphic in the article that shows percentages of participating sports. It really stands out that the big winner (only winner) is boxing, a sport you historically associate with poverty. I'm sure there is a research paper waiting for some eagle eyed student in those stats.
The cost of sport is increasing. I have a son who plays tennis but the better he gets more it cost’s in lessons and then competitions £10 a throw. I have been to other activities and put a stopwatch on the activity and the kids stand in a queue, Value for money? Why cram so many kids into a lesson. No wonder we are behind in so many sports and kids stop playing
@146Its not about getting fit?? Its about the cost for a family to go to the swimming pool etc and use facilities. Running on the road is hardly fun family time for a 4, 6, 7 year oldMy kids want to swim - but it costs us nearly £20 a time to go as a family as well as petrol to get there etc. Thankfully we are in a position where we can afford it, but once a week means £80 a month on average.
I used to coach junior football. I was involved for over 15 years, but the increased bereaucrasy, paperwork and mandatory qualifications eventually forced me to quit, due to other commitments. The FA are not making it easy for ordinary people to become involved anymore.
Use to have a gym subscription, now I can't afford one. The council was building a new park for the community, even levelled the site. But now they can't afford to finish it. I see a pattern.Government stats released today reveal in the first year of this government 900,000 people fell into poverty. The cuts haven't even kicked in yet. And we get a headline of a painting getting vandalized.
I wonder if anyone in these well paid jobs who come up with all this c**p realise that a recession means people are more concerned with putting food on a table than paying over the odds for sports kit and the petrol it takes to get to the few places where they can carry out their sporting activities...as well as membership fees to gyms pool etc? Dumb bunnies!!!
At Fort William last weekend, UK riders Gee and Rachel Atherton won both the mens and womens elite classes for the UCI Downhill World Cup 1st round. The BBC failed to report this at all which I find to be very disappointing, this is a fantastic competition and we are blessed with many top riders who I feel deserve the recognition and support that is afforded our road/track racing talent.
152.firemensaction - "..........Or schools doing the PC `elf and safety rule to ban sport cos its "competitive".........."There is NOT ONE example of any school using H&S to ban sports for being competitive..........& that you have to so willing misrepresent schools/H&S just shows the utter paucity of your opinion.....
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